StriveTogether is a national movement with a clear purpose: helping every child succeed in school and in life from cradle to career, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or circumstance. We refuse to settle for a world where a child’s potential is dictated by the conditions into which they are born. So we work to break down barriers, change systems and improve outcomes for as many families as possible.
The StriveTogether team is passionate, talented and dedicated to achieving our mission. We seek and value all kinds of diversity and work hard to eliminate inequities in ourselves, our organization and our communities. Our goals are bold, so we support each other to try new things, have tough conversations and push for change. As we work, we share learning and progress, use data to make decisions and celebrate our wins.
About the role
As part of the Learning and Activation team, you’ll help share learnings and stories of work in communities across our national network.
Reporting to the Senior Manager of Learning, the Content Design Strategist is responsible for supporting the Learning and Activation team in creatively visualizing results and sharing emergent learning with StriveTogether staff and the Cradle to Career Network. You’ll play a critical role in making content accessible and engaging through digital and printed media. You’re also a skilled project manager who can coordinate meetings with stakeholders to conduct empathic interviews, translating complex ideas into user-friendly resources.
You’re an independent, detail-oriented designer who leads with curiosity. You go the extra step to make sure visuals and content are inclusive and simplified for maximum accessibility. Although you excel at overall visual strategy, you take the initiative to roll up your sleeves when needed — whether that’s emailing someone for higher-resolution photos or reaching out to stakeholders to ensure your visuals portray the heart of the message they intended to communicate. You have a portfolio that showcases your ability to create layouts and present complex data or information simply. Your overall body of work demonstrates that you can prioritize the perspectives of your users and clients in a way that centers and elevates their voices. When it comes to project planning, you can self-manage along timelines and hold yourself accountable to the team, communicating when you find yourself needing support. You are collaborative and open to sharing design files in progress with other designers or writers to meet deadlines and fit user needs.
Employ instinctive, user-centered design
Quickly self-generate ideas and concepts that align with project guidelines
Share work in progress when needed in collaborative sessions
Use StriveTogether’s brand and editorial guidelines to keep layouts in line with organization branding standards
Be open to critique and shifting accordingly to meet deadlines and the needs of core users
Collaborate with work teams
Align with teams of non-designers to deliver polished deliverables while not compromising on end-user experience
Attend meetings with the Network when applicable to understand the work
Attend internal feedback meetings with staff teams and incorporate needed changes into the final product
Collaborate with the Senior Manager of Learning and Senior Director of Learning and Activation to create work that aligns with our brand standards and visions for projects with an openness for incremental feedback
Generate new, engaging ways for staff and the Network to engage with content
3+ years design experience (through school or self-taught professional work)
Mastery of both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign
Ability to work and thrive over virtual collaboration (if not near Cincinnati, Ohio)
Comfort and experience in collaborating with design and non-design teams
Experience creating videos and mixed media deliverables preferred
Experience conducting user research through empathic interviews preferred
Details of the position: This is an exempt, one-year contract full-time position that pays $40,850 –$51,300. StriveTogether offers competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. This candidate must be able to work in our Cincinnati or Chicago office.
StriveTogether is an equal opportunity employer.
Please include a cover letter with your resume and a link to your portfolio.